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Wed Mar 17, 2021, 11:34 AM

21 Republican states threaten legal action against Biden Covid bill

Source: The Independent

Twenty one Republican state attorneys general have threatened to take legal action against the Biden administration over “unprecedented and unconstitutional” limits imposed in the coronavirus relief bill on the ability of states to lower taxes.

The attorneys general made the threat in a letter to the administration on Tuesday, just a few days after President Joe Biden signed the $1.9 trillion (£1.3 trillion) bill into law.

In the seven-page letter sent to Treasury secretary Janet Yellen on Tuesday, the 21 GOP officials argued that parts of the funding in the relief package that helps states offset the costs of the pandemic limits their ability to lower taxes.

The Republican officials referred to the American Rescue Plan, a pot of $350bn (£251bn) that has been set aside as part of the bill to help cash-strapped areas affected by the shutting down of the hospitality sector and mass unemployment caused by the pandemic.




Read more: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/biden-covid-bill-republican-states-legal-action-b1818407.html

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Reply 21 Republican states threaten legal action against Biden Covid bill (Original post)
brooklynite Mar 2021 OP
Freethinker65 Mar 2021 #1
BobTheSubgenius Mar 2021 #18
LakeArenal Mar 2021 #2
bdamomma Mar 2021 #13
left-of-center2012 Mar 2021 #3
HUAJIAO Mar 2021 #17
left-of-center2012 Mar 2021 #4
blm Mar 2021 #5
Phoenix61 Mar 2021 #6
The Magistrate Mar 2021 #7
CaptainTruth Mar 2021 #9
ProfessorGAC Mar 2021 #15
PortTack Mar 2021 #8
patphil Mar 2021 #10
Midnight Writer Mar 2021 #11
ZonkerHarris Mar 2021 #12
eggplant Mar 2021 #14
durablend Mar 2021 #16
KS Toronado Mar 2021 #19

Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Mar 17, 2021, 11:44 AM

1. Then fucking opt out of any and all aid. It passed. Elections have consequences.

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Response to Freethinker65 (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 17, 2021, 04:42 PM

18. I could not agree more.

Churlish bastards...to put it kindly.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Mar 17, 2021, 11:53 AM

2. GOP seems determined to lose all future elections.

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Response to LakeArenal (Reply #2)

Wed Mar 17, 2021, 03:02 PM

13. Trying

their best to steal elections through voter suppression. The GOP did not vote for the Covid Bill, none of them. they just care about those donors, not the American people. Period.

Once people get their vaccines and money in their pockets look out, we will be back!!!

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Reply #3)

Wed Mar 17, 2021, 04:21 PM

17. I read somewhere ALEC and their like......

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Mar 17, 2021, 12:01 PM

4. So ...

If GOP states lower taxes, there will be less 'state funding' to fight COVID-19?

They want to cut funding, take off the masks, and open everything up?

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Mar 17, 2021, 12:12 PM

5. Sue Republican Atty Gen group for aiding insurrection.

They’re guilty as hell and they know it. They are looking to replenish their funding with this stunt.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Mar 17, 2021, 12:24 PM

6. They want the money but don't want to accept the terms.

Well I want a million dollar, zero interest loan that I can repay when I hit the lottery. Sounds just as crazy.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Mar 17, 2021, 12:28 PM

7. These Shit-Heels Seem To Think This Is a Block Grant, Sir

It is not.

It is money sent for a specific purpose. It is lawful for the Federal government to insist monies provided for a specific purpose be used for that purpose.

Nothing stops them from reducing taxes. They just cannot use this money to off-set the reductions in their state's spending which must result from reducing the revenue they collect.


"Can't nobody here play this game?"



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Response to The Magistrate (Reply #7)

Wed Mar 17, 2021, 12:45 PM

9. Good points, thanks!

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Response to The Magistrate (Reply #7)

Wed Mar 17, 2021, 03:13 PM

15. Dead On!

Of course the federal government can dictate how specific funds are used. It's been going on for over 200 years.
If the rules are too restrictive for them, decline the funds! Simple solution.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Mar 17, 2021, 12:32 PM

8. They don't want their constituents to have relief or to know that our federal government actually

Can and does help!

And of course that the Dems were the ones that provided it

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Mar 17, 2021, 01:52 PM

10. These people really are determined to prevent the Democrats from help anyone.

I say let them opt out of the bill if they want to.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Mar 17, 2021, 02:17 PM

11. So we gum up the Courts with countless motions. Trump has shown us The Way.

Drag it out in our archaic Court system until the program is complete and the issue is moot.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Mar 17, 2021, 02:18 PM

12. Same states that tried to stop the election results from being certified so they are not

very good lawyers in these positions.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Mar 17, 2021, 03:07 PM

14. They want to bury a permanent tax cut behind a temporary windfall.

"See? This tax cut isn't costing you anything!" (this year)

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Mar 17, 2021, 04:13 PM

16. Send it back.

Problem solved!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Mar 17, 2021, 05:28 PM

19. That's the very reason the Biden administration put restrictions on how it was to be spent.

They knew beforehand Qpublicans would use it to enrich the wealthy, not help the poor or middle class.
If they really wanted a say in how the relief bill was written, maybe they should have had their reQug
senators vote for it, not against it. The BIG CRYBABIES.

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